Can Airsoft Guns Hurt You?
A common question by those new to airsoft is whether or not an airsoft gun can hurt. An airsoft gun can and does occasionally hurt however; any pain experienced is usually optional and can be avoidable.
In comparison to paintball, both airsoft guns and paintball guns typically fire at a similar speed. Both types of guns can fire at around 280 to 300 feet per second. The key difference is the weight of the bullets used. See: Does Airsoft Hurt As Much As Paintball?
Whilst a typical airsoft bullet weighs around 0.2 grams, a paintball bullet can weigh up to 3 grams.
So although both guns fire at the same speed, an airsoft gun generally generates 1/15th of the energy a paintball bullet can generate. When getting hit by an airsoft bullet on exposed skin, depending on the range, it can generally feel like an incredibly hard, firm flick.
There are various ways you can greatly reduce any paint felt when participating in an airsoft game. Our range of tactical airsoft gear is designed to minimise the risk of experiencing any pain. You can also wear thick jumpers and other forms of clothing too. Visit Airsoft Retailers Association.
To purchase airsoft guns, you must have a UKARA licence. What is UKARA?
Can Airsoft Guns Kill?
Airsoft guns cannot be dangerous nor kill, especially when the correct safety precautions have been followed and there haven’t been any altered modifications to the airsoft gun. Neither an airsoft gun nor can a airsoft gun bullet cause any fatal harm to another.
See: World Laws of Airsoft.
However, an airsoft gun can be modified simply by installing external parts such as a tighter and/or longer barrel. This will increase the velocity of the airsoft gun, but this won’t make the gun deadly. It’ll simply fire at a higher velocity and cause an increased stinging sensation.
Are Airsoft Guns Dangerous?
Airsoft guns are generally not dangerous. The most serious, dangerous injury that can be sustained from an airsoft gun is an airsoft bullet to the eye. This can cause serious eye damage, as well as temporary or sometimes, permanent blindness. This is why we recommend wearing eye protection. Choose the best eye protection to wear over glasses.
When shot at exposed skin, airsoft guns aren’t dangerous. In some cases, they can leave a mark but because airsoft bullets are usually made from plastic or rubber, the pain inflicted is incredibly minor. Airsoft guns, like many other activities, are only dangerous when used recklessly. More law information.
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